Doris Matsui Intros Bill to Stop Teens from Sipping on Sizzurp and Abusing OTC Drug
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA)last week introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent teen abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, commonly referred to as DXM. The DXM Abuse Prevention Act, introduced with Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH), would establish a national age-18 requirement for the purchase of medicines containing DXM. According to a study, 1 in 30 teens admits to abusing DXM. Teens report taking 25 times or more of the recommended dose when abusing these medicines. Often referred to by the slang terms “sizzurp,” “purple drink,” “dexing,” or “Triple C’s,” abuse of DXM leads to side effects including nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, and disorientation.“This bill is a commonsense step to ensuring that children are unable to easily access DXM – helping to keep them safe while ensuring that cough medicine is still available over the counter,” said Matsui. “Congress should not wait any longer to take up this bipartisan bill that will prevent more children from abusing this drug.” More here.